Rochester is a city in as well as the county seat of Olmsted County, Minnesota. Home to over 106,000 residents, it is the third-largest city in the entire state of Minnesota and is the largest city outside the Minneapolis-St. Paul Metropolitan Statistical Area, and Rochester actually anchors its own metropolitan area, the Rochester Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is the second-largest in the state and home to over 211,000 residents. Rochester is known for its beautiful architecture and focus on parks and recreation within the city; it is home to over 100 parks and miles of trails for biking and hiking and an emphasis is placed on outdoor activities, particularly during the spring and summer months.

Rochester was founded in 1854, just prior to the formation of Olmstead County, in 1855. It was named as the county seat in 1857 and was primarily a stagecoach stop on the route from Saint Paul, Minnesota to Dubuque, Iowa. The railroads came to the area in the early 1860’s, which brought with them an influx of new residents and more businesses. Rochester is known as the city that the Mayo Clinic was founded in, and today is the largest private employer in the city. John Mayo was living in Rochester when the Great Tornado (as it is known) touched down in the city, killing 37 residents and leaving over 200 injured, as well as causing extensive damage to the town’s buildings. With no medical center at the time, Mayo took charge of tending to the wounded, and this led to the Mayo Clinic first opening in the town, with the first hospital in Rochester opening in 1889.

During the summer months, average daily highs in Rochester only reach into the low-to-mid 80’s, with overnight lows usually dropping down into the low 60’s. Highs have been known to get as high as 108, though it’s fairly uncommon (108 degrees Fahrenheit is the highest temperature recorded in Rochester). Snow is common during the winter, and can cause delays and higher prices for auto transport during the coldest parts of the year. Average winter highs generally reach into the mid-to-upper 20’s, while overnight lows usually drop down into single digits, making for some pretty cold winters.

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